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Provost meets up with a chess champion

Provost meets up with a chess champion.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has met up with one of Renfrewshire’s star pupils in a special ceremony.

Gleniffer High pupil, Caitlin Reid, was awarded a trophy by Provost Hall for winning the Cherie Booth Award for the most outstanding female junior chess player in the UK.

Since gaining the title two years ago, Caitlin has represented Scotland at the Junior European Championships in Montenegro during 2013 and won the Scottish Junior Chess Champion title.

Caitlin has also won the UK Chess Championship West of Scotland category for the last four years in a row and has been second two times in the North of Britain category.

Provost Hall said, “It was an honour to be able to meet with and congratulate Caitlin on her success so far. I’m sure from Caitlin’s drive and determination that she will continue to be a rising star in the field of chess.

“Nurturing talent like Caitlin’s is really important to ensuring Renfrewshire’s youngsters are given key opportunities for a bright future.”

Caitlin Reid, a member of the Paisley Chess Club, was overjoyed to receive a trophy from Provost Hall. “My dad got me into playing chess when I was in primary school. Now that I am in high school, I am supported by my teachers, my coach Phil Thomas, Hamish Glen of Chess Scotland and my dad. The school give me time off to go to competitions.”

David Nicholls, Head Teacher at Gleniffer High said, “We are delighted that Provost Hall visited our school to congratulate Caitlin on her success as Scottish Junior Chess Champion. Caitlin is a great example that by following your dreams you can go far and we are happy to support her.”

Caitlin will defend her title at the Scottish Girls Championship 2014 on Saturday 22 February.

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Renfrewshire’s Dance Champs Step To The Beat

Gleniffer High School has been crowned Renfrewshire’s Got to Dance champion 2012 seeing off stiff competition from 6 other acts including runners up Renfrew High School.

The dance act of 22 girls wowed the judges with a performance made up of a mix of genres to a Beyonce megamix.

Seven teams took part in the second annual Got to Dance competition which took place on Wednesday 16 May.

Among the judges was Natalie Still from Johnstone who will carry the Olympic Flame through Lochwinnoch,

Leeanne McPhail, Active Schools Co-ordinator who organised the competition said: “My congratulations go to Gleniffer High School. Their performance was fantastic and they are very deserved winners. The judges thoroughly enjoyed all the acts and we’ve had excellent feedback from the pupils who took part.

“Dance not only helps young people stay active, but it encourages them to be creative and has a great social element of bringing them together to have fun at the same time.

“Renfrewshire Active Schools Got to Dance 2012 was a huge success and my thanks go to everyone involved.”